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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Sep 16, 2006 10:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why I Question Bobby?

Man, can't believe that I am actually defending Bobby twice in one week....LOL

Some of Bobby's "Rock Star Antics" had to do with cueing the other band members to chord changes etc. No matter how good you are at improvising, with seven guys on stage, there has to be someone who can signal song endings, key changes, transitions etc, so that they can appear seamless. More often than not, Bobby was the one providing the signals by raising his arm, little jumps etc. His other so called antics, while seemingly extreme compared to Jerry's mannequin appearance on stage, are very mild compared to so many other musicians (I also recall the buzz that a slight Jerry jump/leg movement would generate).

There also seems to have been a double standard applied to Bobby, and I am as guilty as anyone. I recall seeing Phil ham it up quite often on stage, yet never heard any complaints. On the contrary, while Bobby was criticized for "Rock Star Antics", Phil would be praised for his "Prankster Like Antics".

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Sep 16, 2006 2:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why I Question Bobby?

Purple Gel: once again you are correct

the thing is my viewpoint is somewhat uninformed because i never attended a lot of rock star performances...i guess i am one of those heads that appreciates GD for what they are not, as well as for what they are

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Poster: sydthecat Date: Sep 16, 2006 7:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why I Question Bobby?

Antics aside I always dug it when Bob came down to the front to deliver the coup de gras in the Estimated bridge Jerry solo. I saw it once from third row centre and it just knocked me out.

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Sep 16, 2006 9:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why I Question Bobby?

i know, you really have to watch out for his headstock when he gets into a frenzy...how long were you out for?

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Poster: sydthecat Date: Sep 16, 2006 9:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why I Question Bobby?

I missed the next night's show but not to worry---they didn't play Shakedown until the third night.